Oct 2, 1977 Portland, Oregon, backstage post-soundcheck interview. Garcia has just finished putting fresh strings on Wolf:
> **Interviewer(GT):"Is that the one you were using last night?"
> **GT:"What was the one with the 'T' in the neck?..."
> **JG:"Um, Travis Bean."
> **GT:"Are you still using that one then?"
> **JG:"Uhh....yea, I had been using it, but I just got this back from uh, the guy (Irwin) who made it for me; whose been- whose worked on it some...and uh, wanted to...see if there's...still anything...between me and it."
> **faint tuning noises**
> **Unidentified Girl:"You done?"
> **JG:"Well, I have to let it sit for awhile,"
> **JG:"...And everything has to get adjusted.
See, the Travis Bean, the nice thing about it is that it's uh, incredibly stable, so you can change the strings and it doesn't have to go through any changes.
...But this guitar (Wolf), like other wooden guitars, to get it to really work right and play in tune and stuff, you gotta set it up again every time the strings are changed, because it changes the whole (unintelligible)."
> **GT:"How old is that thing?"
> **JG:"Oh,it's about 5...maybe 5 years...6 years old I guess. I'm not exactly sure how old."
I really don't think metal expands or contracts nearly as much as wood.